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Own Your Journey – Dec 6, 2017

Identity Mapping & Collage Making

Incorporate the 3 Tiers of Trauma Recovery

  • Unpack the hidden power within our identities and differences.
  • Explore areas where trauma and triumphs impact our personal narratives.
  • Integrate our unique experiences into collages of our stories.
  • Material provided!


Presented by Linnea Stenhouse and Danielle Grondin:

Linnea Stenhouse is a clinician for EASA in Clackamas County. She values radical mental health perspectives and person-centered programing. She likes to integrate healthful living, yoga, art, and nature into her work. The intelligent, insightful, and creative young people she works with are a daily inspiration.


Danielle Grondin is a Peer Support Outreach Specialist at Luke-Dorf. She is a passionate activist in the community working to radically support healing through mental health crises and beyond!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017,   7 – 9 PM
Unite Oregon
700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR
(across from PCC Cascade Campus)
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FREE!  (Donations Welcome $0 – $20 suggested)
For questions, contact

Click here to download flyer.

CRAZYWISE and Gogo Ekhaya Esima – Nov 15 & 22, 2017

Rethinking Psychiatry, the M.O.M.S. Movement, Mental Health Providers Unite! and Portland Icarus present

Gogo Ekhaya Esima

Documentary Film CRAZYWISE

Wednesday, November 15, 2017,  7 – 9 PM

With free popcorn and drinks!

CRAZYWISE is about looking at what dominant culture pathologizes as mental illness as a spiritual crisis instead. The film frames this possibility through the work of Phil Borges, a photographer/videographer who documented human rights issues of indigenous peoples around the world.

CRAZYWISE doesn’t romanticize indigenous wisdom, or completely condemn Western treatment. Trailer and more info on the film’s website here.

Gogo Ekhaya Esima

“Sick & Gifted: Bridging the Connection to
Mental Health Issues & Spiritual Gifts”

Wednesday, November 22, 2017,   7 – 9 PM

Special guest speaker Gogo Ekhaya was one of the people featured in the documentary film CRAZYWISE. She ends her talk with a community ancestral blessing for participants.

Private Sangoma readings and personal healing sessions with Gogo Ekhaya will be available on November 23 – 26.

Gogo Ekhaya Esima is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist in the Mental Health field, a Trauma Survivor, a Spiritual Coach, and initiated Healer  in the South African Sangoma tradition. She is trained in trauma-informed practices and blends these techniques with shamanic healing for a holistic approach to mental wellness. Gogo Ekhaya’s story and info on her website here.

This 2-part event is at
Unite Oregon
700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR
(across from PCC Cascade Campus)
Click here for map

FREE!  (Donations Welcome, $0 – $20 suggested)
For questions, contact

Click here to download flyer.

Rethinking ADHD – Nov 1, 2017

Rethinking Psychiatry presents a screening of four TEDx talks by Emily Anhalt, Kathleen Nadeau, Salif Mahamane and Angela Aquirre on the subject of ADHD.  We will follow each film with a group discussion.  Come join us!

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017,   7 – 9 PM
Unite Oregon
700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR
(across from PCC Cascade Campus)
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FREE!  (Donations Welcome $0 – $20 suggested)
For questions, contact

Click here to download flyer.

Mask Making – October 4, 2017

The Creative and Healing Process of Making Art

Presented by Wendy March Mailho-Shields of Claudiabelle Studio
Art Therapist, Para-Educator, Person with Lived Experience

  • Explore your inside world through making art!
  • Create who you can become!
  • Make your mask for Halloween!
  • Materials supplied!

Wendy March Mailho-Shields

The process of art making is as personal as ones spiritual quest. There is no right or wrong way, there is only me, making art ~ vision, composition, design, line, paint, color, mixing, brush, strokes, defining, layers, re-claiming, struggle, letting go, stepping back, returning, push it, over the edge, bring it back, take a break, try it again, recognize it’s a process, grow, learn, accept, it’s only art Art, parallel to life’s process ~ exploring and discovering the worst and best in ourselves. Designing our internal house with the knowledge of who we are, and hopefully manifesting, who we can become.

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017,   7 – 9 PM
Unite Oregon
700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR
(across from PCC Cascade Campus)
Click here for map

FREE!  (Donations Welcome $0 – $20 suggested)
For questions, contact

Click here to download flyer.

Potluck & Story Telling- Weds, Sep 6, 2017

Join us for a potluck to celebrate our 7th year of Rethinking Psychiatry!

  • TELL your story of why/how you came to the Rethinking community
  • LOOK back at what we’ve accomplished in our last 6 years together
  • SHARE your ideas and hopes for the future
  • BRING a dish or drink to share & enjoy good food in good company

We look forward to seeing you there next Wednesday!

Let’s continue to share our passion for a more healing community!
Thank you for 6 years of inspiration and empowerment.

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017,  7 – 9 PM
Unite Oregon, 700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR

Mad Maps – Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Strategies for Navigating the Space between Brilliance & Madness

  • What am I like when I am well?
  • What am I like when I am having a hard time?
  • What do I NOT want to hear or have happen?
  • Acceptable & unacceptable treatments?
  • How will my supporters know that I no longer need to use this plan?

We’ll work together to create our own Mad Maps in an atmosphere of mutual support.

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017,   7 – 9 PM
Unite Oregon,  700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR

Oppression, Resistance & Mental Health – Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Leah Harris

Leah Harris
Psychiatric abuse survivor

Rethinking Psychiatry presents a playing of Will Hall’s interview with Leah Harris on Madness Radio.  “Survivor Spoken Word” is powerful and provocative.

Leah Harris is a leading voice in survivor activism. She is a mother, survivor, and a storyteller working for cultural shift in how we understand and respond to emotional distress, mental health, trauma, addiction, homelessness, incarceration, and suicide. She believes in redefining health as a social justice issue.

Come listen together, then join in the discussion with other survivors, users and providers of psychiatry, family and caring community.

Networking afterwards for activism around mental health.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017,  7 – 9 PM
Unite Oregon, 700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR

Healing Voices – Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Join us Wednesday, April 5, 2017 for a screening of the movie, HEALING VOICES.

HEALING VOICES is a new feature-length documentary which explores the experiences commonly labeled as “psychosis” or “mental illness” through the real-life stories of individuals working to overcome extreme mental states, and integrate these experiences into their lives in meaningful ways.

The film follows three subjects – Oryx, Jen, and Dan – over a period of nearly five years and features interviews with many notable personalities, including: Robert Whitaker, Dr. Bruce Levine, Will Hall,  Dr. Marius Romme, and others, on the history of psychiatry and the rise of the “medical model” of mental health treatment.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017,  7-9 PM
Unite Oregon, 700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR

“Heartbeats of Hope” Book talk by Author Daniel Fisher, Monday, April 3, 2017

Heartbeats of HopePsychiatrist & author Daniel Fisher, MD, will be in Portland April 3, 2017 to talk about his new book, “Heartbeats of Hope, The Empowerment Way to Recover Your Life“.

Daniel Fisher MD, PhD

Daniel Fisher MD, PhD

While carrying out neurochemical research at NIMH, Fisher was diagnosed with “schizophrenia.” He recovered, and to humanize the mental health system obtained an MD and completed psychiatric training. He worked for 25 years as a community psychiatrist, founded the National Empowerment Center, was a member of the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, and is Chair of the Board of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery.

Dr. Fisher is presently on the faculty of U. Massachusetts Dept. of Psychiatry, where he is helping to adapt Open Dialogue to the US. He helped peers in Louisiana respond to hurricane Katrina, and based on those experiences he helped develop Emotional CPR.

“I hope for a day when:

Every person who experiences extreme emotional states is engaged in respectful, hopeful, humanistic, and empowering relationships that enable them to heal and recover full, meaningful lives in the community.

Instead of being seen as threats to society, we will be seen as a source of wisdom that we have obtained through our recovery.

Practices like Open Dialogue will eliminate the long-term iatrogenic effects of a prophesy of doom and lifelong illness.

Suffering will be seen as an understandable human response to trauma rather than a chemical imbalance or a defective fear circuit.

Voluntary, community-based, recovery-oriented, culturally-attuned, trauma-informed services and housing will replace psychiatric hospitals.

The mental health system will be run by persons with lived experience of recovery from extreme emotional states.

Everyone will learn how to assist each other through extreme emotional states by learning communication skills such as Emotional CPR.”

Monday, April 3rd, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Montavilla United Methodist Church
232 SE 80th Ave, Portland, Oregon

Truth & Reconciliation – March 1, 2017

Truth and Reconciliation

The M.O.M.S. Movement, Rethinking Psychiatry,
& The Icarus Project present

Truth & Reconciliation:
A Time for Community Healing

Receivers & Givers of psychiatric treatment & mental health care share their stories encircled by the community.  Join us for our 3rd Truth & Reconciliation event!

Come listen…
Come tell your story…

When we live in a community where we listen to each other’s true stories, we remember our capacity to lean in and love each other back to wholeness. ~Christina Baldwin

Wednesday, March 1,   6-9 PM
Unite Oregon, 700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland Oregon

More on Truth & Reconciliation

February 16, 2017 – Street Roots News: Rethinking Psychiatry Returns with ‘Truth & Reconciliation‘, by Rachel Levy LCSW.
March 10, 2016 – Street Roots News : Truth & Reconciliation in Psychiatric, Mental Health Services, by Rachel Levy, LCSW.
May 14, 2016 – Mad in America Initiatives: Truth and Reconciliation: An Evening of Sharing and Healing, by Rachel Levy, LCSW.
May 25, 2016 – KBOO Radio: Truth & Reconciliation in Mental Health. Host, Paul Roland, interviews Cindi Fisher, Ptery Lieght, & Grace Silvia, facilitators of first Truth & Reconciliation. (Click the play button at the bottom of the article).